-In 1912, there was a wreck on the Erie near Bucktooth early the previous evening and Engineer Edward Gourley, who lived at Meadville had an arm broken and was bruised considerably. It was stated that Engineer William M. Shelvey lost control of his engine and ran a distance of seven miles, when it crashed into the freight train of which Gourley was the engineer. Engineer Shelvey and his fireman, it was reported jumped and escaped injury. The story first sent was to the effect that two freight trains collided with a work train, which was derailed and a score of Italians buried in the wreck. This does not seem to have been correct.
The first meeting of Jamestown chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, for the year, was held at the home of the regent, Miss S. Flora Broadhead of South Main Street. The new yearbooks were distributed. Miss Lucy Tiffany Henderson giving a resume of the year's program. The topic for the year would be Municipal Patriotism. The special topic was Jamestown's Memorial to Soldiers and Sailors, under which title the proposed soldiers and sailors' monument was discussed. It was hoped and expected that during the year the movement for a monument to those who had fought for their country would receive a substantial impetus.
In 1937, Dunkirk appeared assured of definite action on the part of the New York Central and Erie railroads in regard to the grade crossing eliminations for which Dunkirk had been negotiating for more than 20 years. A telephone call to Mayor Roberts from J. W. Prau, chief engineer of the New York Central railroad, indicated that all legal obstacles had been overcome in an agreement signed in Cleveland by officials of the railroads in question. Mayor Roberts was told that a great deal of additional engineering work must first be taken care of, but that actual construction would begin within nine months.
The second and final amateur program under the series of amateur events sponsored by the Bemus Point PTA, was given the previous evening at the high school auditorium. Groups from Mayville, Sinclairville and Bemus Point competed. The first prize of $12 was awarded to Audrey Spear of the Sinclairville school, who did a violin and whistling number. The second prize of $8 went to Shirley Mead and Autumn Sliter of Mayville who did a tap dance and acrobatic act and the third prize of $4 was won by two sisters, Willa June and Mildred Thompson in their drums and piano stunt.
In 1962, erection of framework for the Washington Street Bridge would not be started until the following March because of a delay in structural steel delivery but it would not affect an early completion date, a project engineer said. The project was 33 percent complete and would be finished by October of 1963, about three months ahead of schedule, according to the contractors.
A Toronto, Ont. man made $3,200 restitution in County Court at Mayville after being permitted to plead guilty to a reduced charge of receiving property in false character. James A. Parker, 34, who claimed he was an ex boxer, was indicted April 9 on a charge of first-degree grand larceny. He was accused of obtaining upwards of $3,000 from Miss Flora Begier, 70, of Dunkirk, with intent to deprive and defraud. According to the indictment, he falsely represented that he was an officer of the FBI. He claimed he was looking for counterfeit money and that he had to take it and examine it.
In 1987, firefighters from four companies were not able to save Joseph Restivo's two-story home on Hanover Road Extension after a malfunctioning electric stove sparked the blaze. "It was kind of a stubborn fire," Hanover Center Fire Chief Steven D'Angelo said, adding that it had a chimney-like effect. The fire started in the kitchen on the first floor and went through to the attic, he said. Restivo, a grape farmer, was in his yard when the fire broke out. No one was in the home at the time of the fire. Firemen managed to save a dog and retrieve some personal items from the home.
When it came to New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and presidential campaigns, did mother know best? Cuomo, who had repeatedly denied that he was reconsidering his February decision not to run for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, said his own mother didn't believe him. During a visit to Rochester, the governor said his 86-year-old mother, Immaculata Cuomo, telephoned him after watching her son on television. She mentioned that all the reporters seemed to ask the same question. "Ma, they just don't believe me," Cuomo explained of his denials. "Hey, I don't believe you either," Immaculata replied.